The Georgia Southern University Clarinet Quartet, under the direction of Dr. Linda A. Cionitti, performs several times a year on campus, at area public schools, and throughout the state. The ensemble has performed at the Vandoren/Buffet Clarinet Choir Festival in Atlanta and the Georgia Music Educators’ Convention in Savannah and was selected to present a concert in conjunction with the Savannah Music Festival.
The Georgia Southern University Flute Choir.
Southern Saxophones, the Georgia Southern University saxophone studio and ensemble, is active on campus and throughout southeast Georgia. Since its inception in 1999, Southern Saxophones and the Southern Quartet have performed for ArtsFest, Winds at Southern, Earth Day, the Better Breathers Association, Scholar’s Day, Downtown Statesboro’s F1rst Friday, in City Market Savannah, and at the Georgia Music Educators Association in-service conference. Our saxophone students have performed at Atlanta Sax Day, regional meetings of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Carolina Saxophone Festival, the US Navy Band’s International Saxophone Symposium, and the Southeastern Saxophone Symposium.
We hold a fall studio recital that includes soloists and Southern Saxophones. Night of Wild Sax is our annual spring concert of solo and chamber music featuring saxophone ensembles ranging from duos through full saxophone choir. In addition, the saxophone studio has hosted the following guest artists and clinicians:
Mr. Curt Altarac – Music Medic
Dr. Stacy Maugans – Valparaiso University
Dr. Steven Mauk – Ithaca College
Dr. Otis Murphy – Indiana University
Dr. Julia Nolan, University of British Columbia
Dr. Randall Reese – Armstrong Atlantic State University
Master Chief James Rodak – United States Naval Academy
RoseWind Duo (Dr. Clifford Leaman) – University of South Carolina
Dr. Eugene Rousseau – University of Minnesota
Dr. John Sampen – Bowling Green State University
Dr. Angela Space – University of Southampton (England)
STACKS – saxophone duo with digital media
Dr. Steven Stusek – University of North Carolina Greensboro
Dr. Scott Turpen – Mercer University
USAF Horizon Saxophone Quartet
Dr. Thomas Walsh and the Indiana Jazz Quintet – Indiana University
Dr. Andy Wen – University of Arkansas
Dr. George Weremchuk – University of Central Florida
The Zagreb Saxophone Quartet – Zagreb, Croatia
Graduates from the saxophone studio have gone on to master’s work at Florida State University, VanderCook College of Music, and Oakland University. Music majors from the studio teach in Gwinnett, Cobb, Richmond, Tattnall, Telfair, Metcalfe (Kentucky) and Duval (Florida) County Schools, perform with Tara Winds and in various popular groups, and work as media artists. We are also proud that Southern Saxophones has included many students from other disciplines: our past members work for Walt Disney World Resorts, Kia, Environmental Resources Management, and in private dental practice.
In the course of study, saxophone majors will work on soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones in solo and ensemble contexts. The university owns two P. Mauriat sopraninos; Yamaha 62 sopranos, tenors and baritones; and a Keilwerth bass.